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Reservation (2011)

Aarakshan (original title)
The decision by India's supreme court to establish caste-based reservations for jobs in education causes conflict between a teacher and his mentor.

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Prakash Jha
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Prabhakar Anand
Saif Ali Khan ... Deepak Kumar
Manoj Bajpayee ... Mithilesh Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Deepika Padukone ... Poorvi
Prateik ... Sushant Seth
Tanvi Azmi ... Kavita P. Anand
Saurabh Shukla ... Mantri Baburao
Darshan Jariwala ... Anirudh Chaudhary
Yashpal Sharma ... Shambhu Yadav
Mukesh Tiwari ... Police Inspector
Rajeev Verma ... Damodar
Indira Tiwari Indira Tiwari ... Tabela Topper Student
S.M. Zaheer S.M. Zaheer ... Prof. Kantaprasad
Chetan Pandit Chetan Pandit ... Prof. Dinkar
Vinay Apte ... Neta Bhishamber
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Storyline

Following the Mandal Commission report and the Supreme Court of India's decision to maintain a 27 percent reservation for Dalits and lower/backward castes, right-winged political parties organize protests. The Principal of Shakuntala Thakral Mahavidyalal, a non-government college which is exempt from this mandate, gets in the limelight when it's Principal, Prabhakar Anand, endorses the decision - much to the ire of the trustees as well as the newly appointed Vice-Principal Mithilesh Singh, who has invested Rs.1200 Crores in private coaching classes. Prabhakar refuses to change his stand and ends up tendering his resignation, taking his family, consisting of his wife, Kavita and daughter, Poorbi, to live near Shambhu Yadav's Tabela after they find their family home being taken over by Mithilesh's coaching classes. Attempts to evict Mithilesh's staff will be in vain and will not only end up alienating the family from everyone but Prabhakar will also be summoned and possibly arrested for... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama

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Trivia

The reason why Amitabh Bachchan's office had a picture of Krishna Raja was there to show his ideology was as strong as Krishna Raja. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie Deepak Kumar and Mithilesh Singh are shown carrying BlackBerry 9800 Torch mobile phones. The movie is set in 2008 whereas the phone was launched in 2010. See more »

Quotes

Prabhakar Anand: Q.E.D. stands for "Quite Easily Done."
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23 October 2020 | by manigarg0000See all my reviews

I wanted to get more informed about the reservation system in India and what more interesting way to than watch a movie on it. But this movie is not about Aarakshan, it is about commercialization of education and corruption. It does not even remotely tries to go deep into the topic, and except Amitabh Bachchan none of the actors were given much to explore their character. No wonder it got released, because it is a general movie and does not give a clear answer about Aarakshan.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$344,661, 14 August 2011

Gross USA:

$651,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,726,551
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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